Samuel L. Jackson on the decade leading up to The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray (VIDEO)

Nick Fury has left the building! In the new drama of Apple TV+ The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray, Samuel L. Jackson ditches his recent Marvel film Badassery for a far more vulnerable but equally heroic twist. And it took a long time.

“I think I first bought the rights to the book 10, 12 years ago,” said Jackson, who also starred as Ptolemy Grey, also executive producer, says. “I’ve been trying to get it done, and have been for a while.”

The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray - Samuel L. Jackson

Based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Walter Mosley, the series chronicles the life of Ptolemy, a resolute man slowly slipping into dementia. As his memories begin to fade, so do his ties to family and friends, although certain things – his late wife and a childhood quest – remain. After an unexpected turn of events leads to Ptolemy dating an orphaned teenager named Robyn (the phenomenal Dominique Fishback), who is his reluctant caretaker, the duo form an unlikely bond that gives the show its heart.

“She’s like a little ball of fire,” Jackson gushed of his young costar. “She brings things with her [to the work] and gives so much…I’ve never met an actress who keeps a journal as her character.”

It’s good that she’s doing so much preparation, because what awaits Robyn and Ptolemy after the first few episodes is a tough task: Ptolemy is offered an experimental treatment that can temporarily restore his fleeting memories and potentially reveal truths about his past, the better ones were left forgotten. But there are costs that even the best HMO would not cover.

The six-part series starts with two episodes, followed by a new episode weekly on Fridays.

Watch our video interview above to learn more!

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Premiere of the limited series (two episodes), Friday March 11th AppleTV+ Samuel L. Jackson on the decade leading up to The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray (VIDEO)

Lindsay Lowe

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